• Collegiate Student Athlete<br /> Perception of Satisfaction <br /> and Comfort with<br /> Athletic Training Students

      Tebbe, Keith (2012-10-22)
      TITLE: Collegiate student athlete perceptions of satisfaction and comfort with athletic training students CONTEXT: Athletic training students (ATS) and student athletes have a large amount of interaction with one another. Many other medical professions study the interaction that their students have with a patient population. OBJECTIVE: Investigate student athlete’s perception, satisfaction, and comfort with ATSs. DESIGN: Online survey. SETTING: Student athletes at CAATE- accredited institutions. PARTICIPANTS: 66 student athletes (20 male, 46 female) from 22 universities DATA COLLECTION: The survey consisted of 3 yes/no questions, 5 demographic questions, 1 multiple-answer question asking the participant to select characteristics that describe an ATS, 21 Likert scale questions based off previous perception and comfort studies, and 5 open ended questions. ANALYSIS: Analyzed for statistics of central tendency RESULTS: Student primarily perceive ATSs for taping ankles (n=62, 93.9%), distributing water/sports drinks (n= 62, 93.9%), and rehabilitating injuries (n=60, 90.9%). Athletes did not perceive ATSs as licensed health care professionals and minimally perceived ATS as participating in emergency care. Athletes were most satisfied with of respect ATSs demonstrated (4.3±0.8). Student athletes were least satisfied with ATSs’ communication with coaches (3.7±1.2) Student athletes were most comfortable with the ATS asking the ATC when unsure of an injury (4.7±0.5). Student athletes were least comfortable with discussing personal issues with an ATS (3.6±1.0). CONCLUSIONS: We found that in general, student athletes were satisfied and comfortable with the ATSs at their institution. ATSs, like other medical profession students, are receiving satisfactory marks from their patient population. KEYWORDS: athlete, athletic training student, satisfaction, comfort